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Matt Smith wins third U.S. Nationals; defeats Hector Arana Jr.

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Denso-sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle Matt Smith is atop the U.S. Nationals mountain once again. Smith has now won back-to-back U.S. Nationals at the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals on Monday at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Indiana.

The King, North Carolina native went 6.864 at 198.20 mph to get the win. GETTRX-sponsored Hector Arana Jr., who resides in New York with his wife and daughters, went red.

Denso sponsored Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Matt Smith celebrates his U.S. Nationals win over Hector Arana Jr. at the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals
Matt Smith celebrates his U.S. Nationals win over Hector Arana Jr. at the 69th annual Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

Smith automatically picked up the win when Arana Jr. went red.

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“I’m not surprised at all,” Smith said. “I’ve got good power. This is our second year with the Suzuki program and we’ve got great power. The problem is that I can’t figure out how to make the clutch work. I need the parts to test because we’re not getting our 60-foot times where we need them. I think a 1.09 was my best and that’s not good enough. I’ve always said you need to be good at the last six races to win a championship so now it’s time to turn it up.”

This is Smith’s first win of the season. He now has 37 wins in his career. This is Smith’s third career U.S. Nationals win.

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Prior to this national event, Arana Jr. held a 15-13 advantage over Smith. He also was 5-1 over Smith in prior final rounds.

Arana Jr. wanted to get a competitive advantage. However, it burnt him as he was -0.003 red.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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